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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:50 am

Good morning mites.

My son and I will be staying at Balule for the 1st time in December (16th and 17th) and wonder if some of the more experienced travelers can advise me on 2 things please.

I know there is no electricity - we are staying in the huts and understand there is a communal gas fridge. Is there a freezer as well or just the fridge?

Secondly, are the showers cold water only? With high temperatures expected I don't think it would make much difference, it would still be nice to know.

Looking forward to our stay, and possibly bumping into any other yellow ribbons at the camp.

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Unread post by leervis » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:10 am

Hi Horrace, Although there is no power, electrical, the freezers are gas. We have found that in times when the camp is busy these freezers become very effective fridges and will keep frozen food frozen. The showers do have hot water, also gas, and I think you are right in assuming that hot showers will not be a priority in December. The camp is wonderful....enjoy!
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:35 am

Hi Horrace, Leervis has given you good comprehensive answers. Many people are satisfied with showers, cold or hot. Balule also has bath tubs, which is rather nice for some.

Enjoy your stay. I am sure that you will be back. It is truly a magic little camp.
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Unread post by Horrace » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:48 am

Thanx for the replies - was in Kruger last December and only showered cold! It was more for interest than usage that I enquired about the showers.

If you don't mind affirming - are there fridges and freezers, or just the freezer (even though the freezer may become a fridge )


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Unread post by DinkyBird » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:43 am

Only a freezer (which as you say, is more than likely going to be a fridge in Dec :lol: )

Tip - mark your items and perhaps close them in a bag when you put them into the freezer .... saves getting muddled which water belongs to whom etc.
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Unread post by leervis » Fri Oct 28, 2016 10:06 am

They are described as freezers, but in the camping area, with 15 campsites they carry heavy traffic and so might freeze stuff overnight. The hut area should be better with only 5 huts.
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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:12 am

Horrace wrote:Thanx for the info leervis. For myself, it's more a question of keeping meat frozen for 2/3 nights rather than freezing anything.

Sounds like the freezer can do exactly that. Don't think I'll be bringing with any lettuce and other green goods on this trip though, I'm sure they won't survive....


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Horrace, I have noticed a great improvement in the camp shops. I am planning to do daily shopping at Olifants.
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Unread post by onewithnature » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:49 am

leervis wrote:They are described as freezers, but in the camping area, with 15 campsites they carry heavy traffic and so might freeze stuff overnight. The hut area should be better with only 5 huts.


The hut area does have decent freezer space, but sometimes even that gets rather cramped. And because of the depth of the containers, occasionally you find your stuff piled over with other people's goods. This isn't usually a problem as long as your stuff is already frozen or hard enough not to be squashed, and as DB says is clearly marked or identifiable. We have found the freezers to be good quality, so things freeze pretty quickly, even if fairly choc-a-blok.

Though most campers (or hut-roughers in our case) are usually pretty hands-on and filled with common sense and respect for others' things, you always can get the bad apple. Last time someone let at least half a litre of meat blood run all over one of the freezer bottoms and didn't bother to clean it up. And, though we're talking about Balule here, when we stayed at Tsendze last time we were shocked that, for the first time ever in a camping area, someone had the gall to steal two packs of our boerewors, despite said meat being clearly marked and well-sealed! :evil: However, happily, such people are certainly the exception rather than the rule.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:53 am

Thanx MeanderingMouse and onewithnature. We'll freeze only what's necessary and use Olifants for daily goods. With the predicted heat, I'm sure that will include liters and liters of water bought cold at Olifants and hopefully frozen at Balule.

If I may ask, having never stayed in the huts, how hot do they get given that there are no windows only top ventilation? Are they hotter or cooler than the safari tents I normally stay in at LS or Skukuza?


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:12 am

Hi mites, can you please advise if there is hot water (for tea/coffee) at the bungalow side of Balule?

Most camps have hot water on tap in the communal kitchens, given that Balule has no electricity I'm not sure in this case....

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Unread post by leervis » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:40 am

On the camping side there is a huge kettle on a gas ring so boiling water is always available. Enjoy your trip.
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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Dream Weaver » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:46 am

Hi Horace

There is indeed hot water for coffee and tea on the bungalow side.

There is also a kettle on a gas ring in the kitchen shelter that side that is available to everybody.

You may need to fill it and set it going yourself.

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Unread post by chirinda » Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:35 pm

Horrace, it can get hot in the huts with no through draught. I would love if they would put a screen door on them so you could leave the door open, but with no screen door the mozzies are in, not to mention "anyone else" who might be around inside the camp when we've gone to bed. Safari tents are definitely cooler.

Another tip, shower while it is light, the light in the bathrooms is only one hurricane lamp over the basin, unless you take your own light into the shower.

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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by Horrace » Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:50 am

Thanx for the tip Chirinda!

Looking at the rains in park today, and the predictions for next week, I think I'm going to get lucky and experience not only the great rains in the park, but a cooler December as well....


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Re: Balule Satellite Camp

Unread post by leervis » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:24 am

Horrace, believe me, we are all praying that you are right!
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